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Rajasthan govt launches project to reduce weight of children's school bags

05 September 2019    |    76 Views

Rajasthan Education Minister Govind Singh Dotasara on Wednesday launched a state-wide pilot project aimed at reducing the weight of children's school bags.

Addressing a gathering at the Government Higher Secondary School in Vatika area, Dotasara said the textbooks' weight has been reduced by two-third.

Students will now have to carry one book instead of several ones of the same subject, he added.

He said Rajasthan is the first state in the country, where an initiative to reduce the school children's burden has been taken.

During the event, the minister also distributed new books to children of classes one to five.

Weight of books reduced

1. Dotasara said the weight of old books for students of class one was 900 grams, which has now been reduced to 400 grams.

2. Similarly, the weights of books for classes one to five have been reduced from five kg 900 grams to two kg 200 grams.

The state government has started the process of reducing the children's burden on an experimental basis by selecting one school each in 33 districts of the state. Under this, two-third weight of school bags from classes one to five have been reduced.

The outcome of the project will be constantly reviewed and if it yields a positive result, the project will be implemented in the entire state for all classes from one to 12, he said.

The minister also urged the private schools to adopt the initiative.

 

 

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